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Boyfriend – Janus: Kpop Music Monday

November 20, 2012

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You’re not a batgirl! You’re not a catgirl! You’re not a fatgirl! You’re not a…good rhymer. Umm. Ok, so we’ve been singing Boyfriend’s “Janus” – just the chorus, really – and mangling it all week to suit our conversation’s needs. If you haven’t seen the video yet, check it out here:

Woohoo! Our first time talking about Boyfriend for a Kpop Music Monday! See: we talk about other bands, too: not just the most popular ones! To be honest, we were surprised that Boyfriend won this week. It was a close battle with B1A4, who usually destroy everyone on the KpopCharts, but I think Boyfriend posting our KpopChart update on their Facebook page helped a lot. Woot! I think B1A4 will definitely win next week. No? I’ve got no clue. All I know is that we’ve been dying to wear the BILASA Shirts for a Kpop Music Monday and haven’t had the chance to do so yet!

Well, now let’s talk about the elephant in the room: the nastiness of the lyrics. Like, whoa

Your small, trembling shoulders, your small lips
I’m sorry – you collapse before me
You swallow me up hotly

OOOOOH I put that in italic text to make it look sexiers! Anyhow, that’s the English translation. Here’s the Korean:

떨리던 작은 어깨가 그 작은 입술이
미안해 내 앞에서 주저 앉는 너
뜨겁던 나를 삼키고 니 눈물 훔치며

Now, our Korean isn’t good enough to detect the nuances, so we ask those of you who speak Korean: is this as nasty in Korean as it is in English? Please let us know! Also, if you’re not sure why the English is nasty, we refuse to explain it to you, SO DON’T ASK.

Otherwise, we weren’t fond of the video. It’s supposed to be symbolic and all, and to represent something something something which we talked about in our video, but we don’t like it when a movie or any work of art relies on symbolism alone. We like videos to be able to stand up on their own as interesting, and have symbolism supplement the meaning. If a video’s only symbolic, then it kinda fails, in our opinion. This video was all symbolism, and ignores the fact that Boyfriend SUCK AT BEING BOYFRIENDS. Whenever Martina’s cold, I offer her my jacket or sweater or anything. The girl in this video has exposed shoulders and it starts to snow, and Boyfriend doesn’t do anything to help her. Yeah. Not the most gentlemanly behaviour, if you ask me!

Last thing we wanted to mention that we didn’t talk about in the video: we Boyfriend’s fan group name: Bestfriends. It would have seemed sensible to call them Girlfriends, but what if Boyfriend has fans that are boys? That wouldn’t be very representative of those fans, right? So, I’m not sure if Boyfriend’s management considered this or not, but I think that it’s a great name for their fan group. So…yeah!

Anyhow, we’ll stop our rambling here now. We’re giving away a Boyfriend CD to celebrate a couple of things: 1) This is the first time we ever talked about Boyfriend for Music Monday, and 2) We just passed 250,000 subscribers on YouTube. Sweet! We’re dedicating this giveaway to you, YouTube subscribers! (P.S. Click this link if you aren’t subscribed to us on YouTube yet!)

So! To win this giveaway doesn’t require a creative answer at all! It just requires diligence. We put a whole bunch of Batgirls in our Music Monday. First YouTube subscriber to give us the right answer wins! And, no, you can’t leave a million comments with a million different numbers, you potential spamming cheaters, you! You can answer either here or on YouTube. If you answer here, please leave your YouTube name so we can make sure you’ve subscribed, of course!

Lastly, we’re announcing the winners of our Block B Interview Contest in the bloopers, here. So check em out!

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  1. 18 Batgirls.

    7 years ago
  2. MBLAQ by far!

    7 years ago
  3. i vote MBLAQ!! not calling them sissies or anything, but i just thought they looked cooler in their breakdowns with all the water and the (get in) slow motion!!
    hahahaha 50 shades of kpop!!!! that was hilarious!!!! oohh that book must be so “ORIGINAL~” and a lot about “baby love crash”
    ooohhh you so nasty!!!

    7 years ago
  4. 17 batgirls I’m a huge fan of boyfriend, I even have a page for them on fb: 436 likes

    7 years ago
  5. The third line is somewhat bizarre even in Korean, because of the use of the word “나”, which means ‘me’ as a person, so that “뜨겁던 나를 삼키고” really does mean swallowing (삼키고) burning/hot (뜨겁던) me/myself (나를), which makes little literary sense, all the while insinuating something nasty.. I think that it should have been 뜨겁던 “내 눈물” 삼키고, which would mean swallowing my (내) burning tears (눈물). This also fits with the next phrase 니 눈물 훔치며, which means wiping your tears.

    7 years ago
    • I figured the male character in the song would swallow his pride/own ambitions (of wanting to stay with her) and leave her because that’s what is better for her (which is what’s reflected later in the chorus)
      As for the 니 눈물 훔치며, I wrote stole because he did, in a way, steal them since he was the cause of her crying in the first place. The meaning of the phrase would more be like “and made you cry” but I don’t think it would be wiping her tears.

      7 years ago
  6. Oww… Meemers, the amazing teleportationing kitty.. you are SO adorable!

    7 years ago
  7. MBLAQ’s Cry. All 5 of them had a break down :) or should I have a sad face…. :) :(

    7 years ago
  8. MBLAQ ! For sure ! First time I saw it, I cried…Like a baby.
    I’m a bit ashamed now XD

    7 years ago
  9. There are 21 bar girls! Do i get something extra for noticing that red object disappear and reappear in your sink when you guys switch positions? Thought it was an interesting and funny thing since my hawk eyes were in high alert!

    7 years ago
  10. I saw that Batgirl flippin 14 times! I started guessing after I noticed her twice at the beginning of the vid ^^

    7 years ago
  11. I am their fan and enjoy their songs, but yes, I do admit they are a little to cutesy for me, but my niece on the other hand loves that. She thinks Youngmin with his blonde hair looks like an anime character.

    Janus, by far, is my most favorite song from them. I liked it instantly while their other songs takes me 2 or more listenings to like. I like how they used the twins to their advantage, with the two contrasting character/feelings. I get that a building can catch on fire, but what was up with that snow inside, I know it’s supposed to show that his heart is ‘cold’ now that she’s leaving, but eh.

    I was wondering what the red thing/bowl people were talking about so I went back to watch it and finally realized that it kept appearing and disappearing in the sink between the scenes haha.

    I counted 21 Batgirls, plus the one on the laptop screen and the one you drew on the female lead, so 23 total.

    youtube: wishinggrl209

    7 years ago
  12. I know, now I’m going to see the image of the Batgirl every time I hear the song, this happened with 2NE1’s I Love You, I keep on singing bull-o-jerky haha. Simon and Martina has invaded our brains!

    7 years ago
  13. There are 21 bat girls! Do i get something for noticing that red object disappear and reappear in your sink in between shots? Something that i thought was interesting and funny since my hawk eyes were on high alert!

    7 years ago
  14. 20 Batgirls.
    youtube:pitalitachikita

    7 years ago
  15. Oh no… you are lost in translation! The core story of this song is farewell really. The guy in the story loves the girl and do not want to lose her but he had to let her go cause she was not happy or so.

    떨리던 작은 어깨가 그 작은 입술이

    her trembling shoulders and her small lips

    미안해 내 앞에서 주저 앉는 너

    I am sorry, she couldn’t stand in front of me.

    뜨겁던 나를 삼키고 니 눈물 훔치며

    I had to hide my burning anger, I swiped her tears.

    soooo…..this is my interpretation. her shoulders were trembling because she wanted to say good-bye, her lips were small because she couldn’t say aloud. she says ‘i am sorry’ and she could barely stand perhaps she cheated? or she was simply saying good-bye to him?

    The guy was actually upset and angry (perhaps she cheated?) but instead of expressing his true emotion, he decided to understand her and let her go.

    Well, psychoanalysts argues that we use sexual codes everyday so I won’t deny any underlying meanings behind the lyrics. however, even if it carries some underlying sexual codes somewhere, the quoted part of lyric itself does not have any direct expression. my interpretation is more consistent to the rest of the song and the title: Janus, the one who has two faces.

    7 years ago
  16. Oh no… you are lost in translation! The core story of this song is
    farewell really. The guy in the story loves the girl and do not want to
    lose her but he had to let her go cause she was not happy or so.

    떨리던 작은 어깨가 그 작은 입술이

    her trembling shoulders and her small lips

    미안해 내 앞에서 주저 앉는 너

    I am sorry, she couldn’t stand in front of me.

    뜨겁던 나를 삼키고 니 눈물 훔치며

    I had to hide my burning anger, I swiped her tears.

    soooo…..this
    is my interpretation. her shoulders were trembling because she wanted
    to say good-bye, her lips were small because she couldn’t say aloud. she
    says ‘i am sorry’ and she could barely stand perhaps she cheated? or
    she was simply saying good-bye to him?

    The guy was actually upset
    and angry (perhaps she cheated?) but instead of expressing his true
    emotion, he decided to understand her and let her go.

    Well,
    psychoanalysts argues that we use sexual codes everyday so I won’t deny
    any underlying meanings behind the lyrics. however, even if it carries
    some underlying sexual codes somewhere, the quoted part of lyric itself
    does not have any direct expression. my interpretation is more consistent with the rest of the song and the title: Janus, the one who has two
    faces.

    7 years ago
  17. Ana

    @APXIII2 on youtube :)

    I should’ve watched this right when it came out… but I was writing my paper :(

    21! Not sure if the actress having the eyes drawn on her counts(after 6:20, before 6:42)… cause if it does then the answer would be 22 =0

    00:06

    00:08
    00:40
    00:47
    00:54
    1:23
    1:25
    1:31
    2:16
    3:33
    3:38
    4:17
    4:51
    5:59
    6:15
    6:18
    6:20
    6:42
    7:07
    7:31
    8:13

    7 years ago
  18. I vote for BOYFRIEND, Kwangmin did very well in facial expressions..

    7 years ago
  19. MBLAQ-Cry They’re not afraid to cry about it (or rather have rain run down their face)! They let their cry outside of their mind!

    7 years ago
  20. LMAO I’m going to be a crazy cat lady someday because the first thing I noticed was the kitty cat watching Simon in bemusement. And woot! Boyfriend and/or whoever’s running their FB page loved your review XD

    7 years ago
  21. MBLAQ ofc !

    7 years ago
  22. MBLAQ!!!!!! ^0^

    7 years ago
  23. I just want to say that I had so much fun doing this, and that I never want to scrutinize your videos again cause now I’m bugged by the fact that something red randomly shows up in your sink around 5:19…. Also, I did this for fun, and I do not want to be included in the contest cause I just…don’t…like….their music……..*cough*

    1: In Music Monday logo 0:05

    2: On Laptop in various scenes

    3: Randomly shows up for breakfast at 0:39

    4: Maegeo Batgirl in the last O at 0:48

    5: Stalker Batgirl through doorway at 0:54

    6: Lucky Batgirl in Simon’s hand at 1:22

    7: Bat-Batgirl in the shot at 1:31

    8: Bani-shed!! Batgirl at 2:15

    9: Flasher Batgirl (oh my) at 3:32

    10: Rocking the Frame at 3:38

    11: I’m watchin you cry at 4:16

    12: Creepy-ass museum Batgirl at 4:51

    13: Love thy Engrish at 5:59

    14: Love thy Boyfriend at 6:15, 6:18,

    15: Yay I’m a Batgirl! At 6:20

    16: Giveaway Batgirl in the first O at 7:08

    17: Explain the contest Batgirl at 7:30

    18: Revenge of the Batgirl at 8:13

    7 years ago
  24. I counted 20 bat girls! :D
    youtube: rukia1335isaw3som3

    7 years ago
  25. I’m not sure if you count the 2 batgirls in which you wrote “THIS BATGIRL” and “I AM BATGIRL.” But not including those two there are 18, and including those two there are 20 batgirlssssssssssss. :DD
    Youtube: IThinkILikeStuff

    7 years ago
  26. I’ll say 21 batgirls…

    7 years ago
  27. ” 50 shades of K-pop ” -> made my day xD

    7 years ago
  28. I vote for mblaq cry much prettier and less pathetic

    7 years ago
  29. I think that their are 16 batgirls…My username: HalfKoreanBaby99

    7 years ago
  30. 19 badgirls 0.o sooo mutch they are every where!!!

    7 years ago
  31. YN: Mariposaazul210 For me there where 17 BatGirls… Unless you count the one that is ALWAYS in your Laptop, that would mede them 18 xD

    7 years ago
  32. I also found 19 batgirls! (youtube name: Noireyume)
    now I have to rewatch the vid because I was so busy counting batgirls that I don’t remember anything you said…

    7 years ago
  33. 17 batgirls… I guess, and since I’m not the first guessing this number I know i’m not winning, but it was fun trying to count them… btw, this KMM was hilarious!

    7 years ago
  34. Yay, finally Boyfriend got reviewed and I am very satisfied. ^^ I laughed so hard at several points (don’t want to list them cause I’m lazy) but… I have one tiny complaint: why you not talk about the dance? Anyways, great KMM!

    7 years ago
    • same here! i was looking forward to some comments on the dance too, especially since this is the first time Boyfriend has a dance that truly incorporates background dancers, not just people who seem to be for decoration behind a singer’s solo part…

      7 years ago
  35. I vote there are 21 batgirls. Youtube name: AjunebuggybugK

    And MBLAQ were doing more actual crying so…I think I’m gonna vote them. But I quite liked the two ways the twins broke down in this video..Still, I’m gonna stick with MBLAQ.

    EDIT: 20! Damn it..I counted 20 of them not 21 :P

    7 years ago
  36. MBLAQ – Cry… Their emotional break down is prettier… and manlier… If you can call emotional break downs manly…:D

    7 years ago
    • Lol, I used the exact same adjectives in my comment to describe MBLAQ’s breakdown. Yes, both prettier and manlier :D

      7 years ago
      • Yep I saw it… but that attack the puddle with manly rage part… i LOLed! :D What can I say… they are both pratty and manly there… and I never thought that I’m gonna us this 2 adjectives together to describe one thing. :D

        7 years ago
        • MBLAQ…Where pretty and manly meet. :P

          7 years ago
    • They can be if done right! :0

      7 years ago
  37. 15 batgirls!! :TheFreakygirl27

    7 years ago
  38. I counted 20 bat girls. You guys are pretty sneak, some only appear for a second. youtube name: yuffiedragon

    7 years ago
  39. i cant handle how cute spudgy is at the end ;^;

    7 years ago
  40. For the ministery of banishment:

    – get your drinks up = incitation to drink alcohol, which means that for them “drink” = “alcohol” (soft drinks don’t exist);

    – I got you under my skin = something naughty naughty, which can only mean that they think only about that. All the time.

    That’s why I also imagine MOGEF as a happy crew of alcoholic pervs.

    7 years ago
    • “Under my skin” is banned because it’s assumed to be a heroin/other injected drug reference, is my understanding.

      Unless that’s what you meant too, in which case carry on! XD

      7 years ago